Vanilla Raspberry Smoothie

I love smoothies and nice cream.



When I first started making the amazing banana ice cream substitute, I was frustrated because I couldn’t ever keep it from tasting like bananas. And I cannot stand the taste of bananas.

This is me when I eat bananas:


Yup, I made that in good ol’ “Paint.” And I’m pretty proud of it. I don’t know how any children made their art coherent in Paint, because that thing is impossible.

But you get the point. Bananas = no good for me.

So I had to get creative and add extracts and fruits and cocoa powders and nut butters to overpower that banana taste. I keep seeing delicious banana nice cream flavors that fellow vegans post on Instagram, and an ingredient frequently mentioned is “vanilla extract,” which I had always discounted a bit. Naked vanilla extract is so potent that I feared it might overpower the smoothie a bit to much, but I am here to report that it is perfect. I finally tried a smoothie with vanilla this morning and it was absolutely spectacular. I felt like I had finally jumped a hurtle into loving smoothies that I wasn’t able to jump until that point. I almost had to call Mitch to tell him that I had discovered heaven in the form of a smoothie. But he was already at work. And my phone was dead. But the delicious smoothie helped me to beam despite all of that.



I will post the recipe here for both the nice cream and the smoothie versions of this delicious breakfast/dessert. They are both yummy, but I usually prefer smoothies because I can more easily take them to go in the mornings before work. Let me know what you think of them if you blend them up!



Vanilla Raspberry Smoothie
Serves 1
Made with only bananas, raspberries, almond milk, and vanilla extract, the recipe can be made into either a vegan smoothie or vegan ice cream.
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Prep Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr
Prep Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr
  1. 2 bananas, frozen and sliced
  2. 3/4 cup frozen raspberries
  3. 1/4 cup almond milk (3/4 cup for smoothies)
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Freeze bananas and raspberries if needed.
  2. Pour all ingredients into a blender and blend until reaching the desired consistency.
  3. Scoop up or drink up!

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